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She Persisted: Maria Tallchief

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Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds--including Maria Tallchief! In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Christine Day, readers learn about the amazing life of Maria Tallchief--and how she persisted. Maria Ta Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds--including Maria Tallchief! In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Christine Day, readers learn about the amazing life of Maria Tallchief--and how she persisted. Maria Tallchief loved to dance, but was told that she might need to change her Osage name to one that sounded more Russian to make it as a professional ballerina. She refused, and worked hard at dancing her best, becoming America's first prima ballerina. Many famous American ballets were created for Maria! Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton!


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Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds--including Maria Tallchief! In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Christine Day, readers learn about the amazing life of Maria Tallchief--and how she persisted. Maria Ta Inspired by the #1 New York Times bestseller She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton and Alexandra Boiger comes a chapter book series about women who stood up, spoke up and rose up against the odds--including Maria Tallchief! In this chapter book biography by award-winning author Christine Day, readers learn about the amazing life of Maria Tallchief--and how she persisted. Maria Tallchief loved to dance, but was told that she might need to change her Osage name to one that sounded more Russian to make it as a professional ballerina. She refused, and worked hard at dancing her best, becoming America's first prima ballerina. Many famous American ballets were created for Maria! Complete with an introduction from Chelsea Clinton!

30 review for She Persisted: Maria Tallchief

  1. 5 out of 5

    Panda Incognito

    This is a great chapter book biography about an indigenous ballerina. It is simple and easy to read, with great illustrations, providing a glimpse into Maria Tallchief's childhood, career, and advocacy. My one critique is about the quote on the back of the book. I have already returned the book to the library, so I can't quote it directly, but it was something like, "It never would have occurred to me to say, 'No, that hurts.'" I would assume that in context, Tallchief was simply saying that she This is a great chapter book biography about an indigenous ballerina. It is simple and easy to read, with great illustrations, providing a glimpse into Maria Tallchief's childhood, career, and advocacy. My one critique is about the quote on the back of the book. I have already returned the book to the library, so I can't quote it directly, but it was something like, "It never would have occurred to me to say, 'No, that hurts.'" I would assume that in context, Tallchief was simply saying that she persisted in the face of difficult odds, mastering a challenging sport without backing down. However, since the book doesn't provide any context, it seems to imply that children shouldn't speak up for themselves, set boundaries, or respect their physical and mental limits. I don't know enough about the full statement to make any judgment about what Tallchief actually said, but I am shocked that a publisher in the 2020s would think this was a good quote to isolate on the back of a book for young children.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I'm sad to say that I had never heard of Maria Tallchief before reading this series, but I am so glad to know about her now! What an incredible story of strength, passion, and perseverance! Some of my favorite how you can persist tips from this title were: Be respectful of other people's names. Visit tribally managed museums, cultural centers, or public powwows to celebrate and support the Native American Community. Speak out against bullies. I'm sad to say that I had never heard of Maria Tallchief before reading this series, but I am so glad to know about her now! What an incredible story of strength, passion, and perseverance! Some of my favorite how you can persist tips from this title were: Be respectful of other people's names. Visit tribally managed museums, cultural centers, or public powwows to celebrate and support the Native American Community. Speak out against bullies.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ellon

    Another great book in the She Persisted series. I had not known who Maria Tallchief was before reading this book. It was very interesting and told about her whole life and all the amazing things she accomplished. I loved the actions in the back like honoring people's names. Will definitely be ordering for my school library. Another great book in the She Persisted series. I had not known who Maria Tallchief was before reading this book. It was very interesting and told about her whole life and all the amazing things she accomplished. I loved the actions in the back like honoring people's names. Will definitely be ordering for my school library.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Kris Dersch

    I love the details here. How each time she makes a move there is a land acknowledgement piece to it. The translations of the chapter headings into Osage language. There's a lot of attention to detail that makes an already lovely and interesting story sing all the more. If you have a kid who likes the Who Was books, give them this series. I love the details here. How each time she makes a move there is a land acknowledgement piece to it. The translations of the chapter headings into Osage language. There's a lot of attention to detail that makes an already lovely and interesting story sing all the more. If you have a kid who likes the Who Was books, give them this series.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jen Madsen

    I'm really enjoying reading this series to my 4th grade students. I'm really enjoying reading this series to my 4th grade students.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    I have been reading the She Persisted series with my older son and we both enjoyed learning about Maria Tallchief as neither of us had ever heard of her before. We both agreed that the only fault with this book in the series is that we were left wanting more. I was particularly interested in her early life and what led to her career as a professional ballerina and I learned so much about her early struggles as a Native American and as a woman. I also gained a lot of knowledge about ballet in gen I have been reading the She Persisted series with my older son and we both enjoyed learning about Maria Tallchief as neither of us had ever heard of her before. We both agreed that the only fault with this book in the series is that we were left wanting more. I was particularly interested in her early life and what led to her career as a professional ballerina and I learned so much about her early struggles as a Native American and as a woman. I also gained a lot of knowledge about ballet in general...the various terms, the ranks within ballet and how she was a prima ballerina (the highest rank). A simple Wikipedia search provided so much additional information that if included in the book, it would have been way too long for a young reader! Even if you have no interest in ballet, I think most young readers would enjoy this book in the series.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ashleu

    This series continues to bring me much joy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amber Hulstine

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kylee

  10. 4 out of 5

    Angie

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rach

  12. 4 out of 5

    Pernille Ripp

  13. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

  16. 4 out of 5

    Earl

  17. 4 out of 5

    Suzanne

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan Almerido

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carol

  20. 4 out of 5

    Brody (ettubrody)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay

  22. 4 out of 5

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  23. 4 out of 5

    Bunmi

  24. 4 out of 5

    ASE

  25. 4 out of 5

    Giselle Bradley

  26. 5 out of 5

    Neha Patel

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kaitlyn

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  29. 4 out of 5

    Taiyou

  30. 4 out of 5

    Emily Myhren

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